New Delhi: If you are planning to visit Kedarnath or any other holy place in Char Dham Yatra, you can now get real time weather updates and alerts on the official app developed by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board. This app will also come in handy for pilgrims visiting Hemkund Sahib in Joshimath region of Uttarakhand.
Every year, lakhs of pilgrims complete the Char Dham Yatra or visit popular religious places like Hemkund Sahib. However, the uncontrolled weather in the high altitude places of Uttarakhand has become a major challenge for the pilgrims. The newly developed app will now help the pilgrims to plan their journey.
Pilgrims will receive weather updates from the Meteorological Department on the app. Meteorological alerts and other information related to road conditions and risk will also be updated on the app.
The ‘Tourist Care System’ mobile app developed by the State Tourism Board will assist the famous Sikh pilgrims of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri or Hemkund Sahib, which is located near another popular tourist destination – the Valley of Flowers.
Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar said that once a user installs the app, the department will keep track of their activities. Jawalkar said that 28 high definition cameras installed at 14 pre-identification points spread across the yatra route will help the department to keep a watch on the movements of the passengers.
Jawalkar also said that the app will only work on Android phones. In case users do not have an Android phone, the pilgrims will be provided with a wristband that will be linked to a tourist care system app.
The department will receive relevant information from the app or wristband. The information will be processed 24×7 in a control room at the UTDB headquarters, Jawalkar was quoted as saying in a Mint report.